The Acting Corps, a school endorsed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack as well as Rainn Wilson of The Office, takes a modern approach to acting instruction. In classes with an average of 16 students, creativity flows unimpeded and students overhear the whispered names of Hollywood’s best agents quite clearly. Actors with MFA degrees lead programs that help acting students find an authentic style, and also pilot advanced classes with mock auditions that challenge experienced actors. Four- or six-week acting boot camps incorporate aspects of the Meisner technique and the Michael Chekhov technique. In classes engineered for international acting students, teachers elucidate methods for developing a convincing American accent or faking a convincing cheeseburger craving.
Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has educated students on how to heal through the power of touch, teaching European medical massage therapy and an integration of massage and physical-therapy modalities. Through classes and hands-on training, students complete their programs qualified for the national certification exam and ready to put the sleeper hold on tension. In order to help students gain experience, Southern California Health Institute offers discounted massages given by a member of their student body. Clients can also enjoy massage therapy from a professional instructor.
Yoga Meditation Program helps people tackle some of their roadblocks to success by offering online courses that help people gain knowledge and a more centered perspective. An array of yoga, meditation, and self-hypnotism courses aim to ease anxieties, including stress stemming from work or only getting three naps a day.
Specialists in fused-glass artwork, the instructors at An Ayer of Glass guide students through the creation of their own glassworks in two-hour workshops. The all-inclusive workshops draw on the studio’s inventory of colored-glass panels to make jewelry, dishes, and other functional and decorative pieces.